Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Asa's Free License

Recap: The Shahs Peace Summit

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Recap: Reza Pops The Big One

The Return of Lochnesa

Mike: I Will Marry Jessica Soon

Reza Dishes on His Engagement

Recap: Make a Run for the Border

Mike Shouldn't be "Scared" of Other Religions

Recap: Turkey with a Side of Apology

Mike's Inner Struggle

Lilly's Disrespectful Behavior

Mike Takes GG's Side

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

Reza: "Lilly Doesn't Understand Friendship"

Lilly's Battle with Foot Boogers

Recap: Always a Lady

Recap: A Little Too Much Diamond Water...

The Shah of Bull Sh--

Reza: "I Wish I Had Kept My Mouth Shut"

Ep 8: Persian Empire Divided

Will Mike Put a Ring on It?

Reza Learns the Power of Apology

Recap: Shah-etiquette

MJ Owes GG a Genuine Apology

What MJ Did was Wrong

Loch-Nesa vs. MJ

Asa's Juice Disaster

Recap: Persian Pride?

MJ's Moral Compass is Way Off

An Offer Lilly Can't Refuse?

Recap: Homo-Not-So-Genius

Mike's Disappointment with Reza

Asa: "I Definitely See Why Reza is Irritated"

Reza on the Fight: "I'm Not Proud of It"

Lilly Needs to "Get More Real"

Reza to Lilly: "Get Off Your High Horse"

Cry Me a River

Mike: Master Negotiator

Lilly: Ain't Nobody Got Time for This

Asa's Free License

MJ thinks the whole fight could have been avoided if Asa had just considered Omid's feelings.

Finally!

Episode 2 opens with GG and I taking the doggies to the Zoom Room. I'm thinking I'm gonna see GG alone, and help her fill in the blanks from the night before. I knew she wasn't going to remember everything. When you drink to that point (and yes, we all saw when I was there), it scares you straight, and forces you to curb your drinking and not let it happen again.

However, GG was really thrown aback by Asa's repeated comments about Omid's nose. We just met Omid for the first time, and Asa gave herself license to comment casually and publicly in a way that would be construed as rude by most people. We'll revisit this later in the episode.

Asa's Lunch With the Family
Zinat Khanoom's opinion represents the majority of every Persian parent on the planet: they want us to pursue a secure vocation that pays the bills and provides a comfortable life. Asa's decision to move back into the home that created income for her is a tremendous undertaking, and her mom's concern is that Asa is putting the cart before the horse.

Lilly, bless her heart. What will come out of her mouth next? It's unfortunate she was miserable practicing law, and I truly hope she'll find success and happiness in her swimsuit business. The crash course about crotch strips was very informative. But the comment about an AIDS infected liner was shameful. I hope that viewers are not misled to thinking HIV is an airborne virus. We need to spread more awareness, not ignorance.

I'm glad the viewers got to meet my dad because he's a big part of my daily life and I'm really glad to share that with everyone. Watching a nurturing father-daughter moment was a precious moment for me.

Reza and Lilly at Lunch
Wow, Reza, really? You're that quick to throw your friends under the bus because your new client has a nicer Rolex than yours? It's one thing to admire someone's bling, but its a WHOLE OTHER thing to admire someone ONLY for their bling. Lilly's statement, "Looking at these girls makes me realize how f---ing fabulous I am." No comment needed, it speaks for itself.

Mike and Jessica
I've never seen Mike this happy and certainly not about a person he's dating. Before Jessica, he always had a cloud of confusion about the girls he dated because he wasn't with the right girl. I think she might be the one. I'm happy for them.

Asa Takes Reza to a Psychic
LOL. Asa, takes her soulmate, Reza, to a hookah bar to meet a gypsy fortune teller, named Shohreh. Since Asa doesn't know Reza well enough, she has no idea how horrified and uncomfortable he is. When Reza thanked Asa for the surprise, what he was really thinking was, he'd rather press a button for a trap door that will dump him straight into LA sewer to get out of there.

Oy, my first therapy session. I'm glad I started seeing Dr. Michelle. Before sitting down with her, I had never ever acknowledged significant events in my childhood. I feel really fortunate to discover this. I really want to work out these trust issues that I never knew I had.

Pool Party
Reza and I get to the pool party and little did I know that he's planning to forge a partnership with Mike, between tequila shots? I wish them nothing but success, but what's the "forget MJ" all about? Just because I let him move his little desk into my corner office doesn't make us partners in business. Mixing business with pleasure became a toxic work environment. Lesson learned.

So we finally get to the Omid/GG/Asa thing. Omid did well breaking it down to Asa. He pointed out that in the context of just meeting her, her comment was simply rude and brash. It could have all ended there if Asa acknowledged that and apologized.

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I know that Asa truly did not see it their way, and then we all saw how it escalated. I pulled GG back, but I was shocked it got that far. I know both girls had the best intentions to start out, but never had a meeting of the minds.

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Ep 15: Nadine weighs in on Part 1 of the reunion.

Here’s the thing… The Shahs reunion reminded me of a Thanksgiving dinner gone wrong. Except there was no turkey (or Turkey for that matter), not a lot of wine, and certainly not a lot of peace.

You’d think since the reunion was a little more intimate, being over a dinner table where they all broke bread, it would be somewhat peaceful…well guess again. I think sitting in such close quarters was a recipe for disaster, with a few exceptions. One being the infamous buttery chocolate cwaasannnt. Hallelujah! It’s over, finally!

There was so much covered, that I’m going to only address a few highlights…

So let’s get started, shall we?

Let’s start with Lilly “No Friend Zone” Ghalichi. I kind of felt bad for her. I truly don’t know what is going to happen with her next season. As is, she’s not hanging out with the Shahs. I just don’t know how will she come back after this. I was shocked that Asa laid into Lilly more than Reza did. It was only a few episodes ago where Lilly told Reza that Asa was the better friend to her. And as I recall, Asa gave Lilly a cooking lesson teaching her to beat her meat. I get that some of the Shahs have beef with her, but the truth is that Lilly doesn’t mesh well with this group (except for GG as of late). Andy did leave it open-ended, asking Reza if Lilly makes a real effort if he’d take her back, and Reza said absolutely. If that were to happen, I suggest MJ learns GG’s hook method. She’ll need to hook with her fingers and her toes.

Now on to GG and MJ. When will these two frenemies NOT fight? It seems to be their “thing.” They’re like drunk sorority girls: “I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. I need more to drink. You broke girl code. I want to wax my car with your t-ts. You assaulted my hat, so I’m going to call your mom. But I do love you.” All I have to say to that is, “You don’t need to go all tango on me!”

Speaking of getting all “tango,” how about GG storming off when Leila showed up -- only to be put in her place by the Shah bouncer? I hope she realizes that one drink isn’t going to make her problems or her sister go away. Thankfully the GG whisperer was able to put her in her place. The reality of GG and Leila’s situation is they have a classic case of Competitive Sister Syndrome. I think they’re both guilty: GG shouldn’t be so harsh with her words. And Leila should have been more mindful about her friendship with MJ. Just goes to show that sh-- runs deep when dealing with family matters. Let’s keep it classy, ladies! All I know is my ass would be grounded for life if I’d ever treated my brother the way these two girls treat each other.

 

Last, let’s talk about Reza and his ex-work husband, Mike. Andy called these two out -- they kissed and made up in the finale, but it looks like things have gone south since that peaceful workout scene. Reza is right and I’ve said it before, no one leaves a thriving career to start over. However, I don’t know the logistics of their deal, so I can’t comment on who’s right and who’s wrong. What I can comment on is IF Mike needs money for a ring, he probably shouldn’t have invested in a bus wrap. And Reza SHOULD have maybe showed Mike the ropes a little more. Selling homes is not an easy job, you have to put in a lot of legwork -- it’s not a get rich quick type business. Mike said he loves Reza like a brother, but “he’s such an ---hole.” These two guys are becoming MJ and GG 2.0. They should all just get a room! One for their bodies and one for their egos.

I can’t wait for next week when Vida joon pays us a visit. I hope they give her the memo that there are no crocodiles in the San Fernando Valley.

And if you missed the final Shahs After Show, be sure to check it out now.

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